Pittsburgh Opera Gigapan Project

Pittsburgh Opera Make-Up Session from StartPoint Media on Vimeo.

Back in October, as part of research with Carnegie Mellon University’s Gigapan Time Machine project, I created this short video time lapse as an add-on to the overall project. The Gigapan Time Machine movie is still in post production with Carnegie Mellon. This short film features the process Pittsburgh Opera’s Wig Designer and Make-up Artist James Geier used to transform soprano opera singer Jasmine Muhammad and apprentice Olivia Dolan into operatic characters.

You can check out the production stills here:

These folks collaborated to make this film possible:

Pittsburgh Opera Gigapan Project

James Geier
Wig & Make-Up Designer
Pittsburgh Opera

Jasmine Muhammad, soprano
Resident Artist
Pittsburgh Opera

Olivia Dolan
High School Apprentice
Pittsburgh Opera

Christopher Rolinson
Director of Photography
Point Park University

Marilyn Egan, Ph.D.
Director of Education
Pittsburgh Opera

Dror Yaron
Carnegie Mellon University

Clara Phillips
Carnegie Mellon University

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Pittsburgh Opera
Benedum Center
October 6, 9, 12, 14, 2012

Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra
Conducted by
Maestro Antony Walker

Singers in Scene One:
Duke of Mantua ~ Michael Wade Lee
Borsa ~ Juan José de León


McKees Rocks Cultural Arts Center perfomance of Cinderella

The moment of discovery, Cinderella tries on the lost glass slipper during the McKees Rocks High School Theater Project at Sto-Rox High School Friday, April 25, 2008.

The Father Ryan Cultural Arts Center has been conducting a high school theater project at Sto-Rox High School since 2004. Each event provides students with an opportunity to perform as well as help raise money for the cultural arts facility now under renovation. In October 2008 the Father Regis Ryan Cultural Arts Center Building will open on Chartiers Ave in McKees Rocks, Pa. The new space will house a theater, dance studio and other artistic and educational facilities.

I started working in McKees Rocks in 2004 as a photojournalist/ documentary photographer on a Federal Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) grant. The grants link universities and distressed communities together where the educational and community assets of the university utilized to help lift the community.

The particular grant that I was a part of linked Point Park University and McKees Rocks, Pa. The university provided performing arts instructors and coordinated media and public relations. Point Park University possess both a high quality and diverse journalism program and well as a nationally respected performing arts conservatory.

The COPC grant officially ended in 2006, but I have decided to remain on as the official photographer for the project. I am responsible for documenting the educational programs, organizational events and building renovation and architecture.

See more of this project here.